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2014 Nissan Rogue breaks cover

Nissan rolled up its sleeves Wednesday for another crack at the popular compact crossover segment by announcing its all-new 2014 Rogue.

The second-generation Rogue will take on the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Chevy Equinox and Toyota RAV4 when it goes on sale in November. This segment has become one of the most popular in the industry, and trails only pickup trucks and compact and midsize sedans in sales volume.

Despite the outgoing model’s advanced age, the Rogue has been Nissan’s second-most-popular vehicle, behind only the Altima sedan. The automaker sold more than 142,000 Rogues in 2012, and another 113,000 so far this year.

The new 2014 Rogue hopes to continue that success with a thorough redesign of the interior and exterior, greater fuel efficiency, and by adding an optional third-row seat -- a rarity in this segment.

"With this exciting, innovative, all-new design, Nissan is aggressively targeting increased sales and share in every market," said Fred Diaz, vice president for sales and marketing at Nissan North America.

All 2014 Rogues will come with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission available will be a CVT. Also standard will be four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, LED daytime lights, Bluetooth and a hands-free texting assistant.

Fuel economy ratings aren’t yet available, but Nissan said it expected 2014 front-wheel-drive Rogues to get 33 mpg for highway mileage. If it does, that would be the best in its class, Nissan said. It would also be an impressive jump from the current model’s 28 mpg highway rating.

A base, front-wheel-drive Rogue S will start at $23,350. All-wheel-drive will be a $1,350 option. The top-of-the-line Rogue SL AWD will run $30,280. Options include the third-row seating, a navigation system, birds-eye camera, a panoramic moonroof and lane departure warning.

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